How much should I charge hourly as a PHP Freelance Web Developer?

How much should I charge hourly as a PHP Freelance Web Developer? Working your own hours as a freelancer can be great with regular work coming in. But you need to make sure you are making ends meet and covering your costs. You might be considering switching from full-time paid employment to freelance or some […]

Looking to hire a PHP developer, then test them out!

If you are looking to hire a PHP developer, then test them before an interview, in the interview, or if you are unsure about hiring a new freelance developer, test them with a small project first, minimize your time and risk and save yourself potential headaches in the future… You can get cheap shitty programmers […]

8 things to consider when hiring a Freelance PHP Programmer

When hiring a Freelance PHP programmer, you can easily be inundated with choices on sites like Elance / ODesk and Freelancer.  So if you need some help narrowing down the choices consider the following points: Price, do you really want the cheapest PHP programmer in the world?  What value will that give you? Consider paying […]

Why you shouldn’t use the CodeIgniter PHP framework… directly

There is a lot of discussion about which is the “Best PHP framework” and there are many good ones to choose from Laravel, Symfony, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, Yii, to name a few off the top of my head.  There are many different answers about which may be “best” depending on your needs and the use case. […]

MySQL phpMyAdmin Tutorial, creating tables and joining tables together

Check out my first video tutorial on YouTube. I’m demonstrating MySQL phpMyAdmin, to get you started creating a database, creating and populating two MySQL tables and a simple SELECT statement showing how to join the two tables together. The text size does look a little small, so the next video will be zoomed in to […]

How to protect your PHP source code with encryption?

Worried about giving away your PHP source code? Want to protect your code when delivering it to a clients hosting when it’s not paid for yet? I know as this has happened to me. I found a delivery of PHP code for sign off encrypted, I hadn’t seen that before. When we asked the company […]

GUI clients to help you manage a MySQL database

How do you manage a MySQL database through a GUI? What client should you use for managing remote MySQL? There are many options, I’ve almost always used phpMyAdmin and found it good enough for most common tasks. I’ve needed to use the console for loading large files of data for example. You can find other […]

What’s better for newbies to learn first PHP or MySQL?

It’s a good question for newbies to have, where to start? What comes first PHP or MySQL?  The chicken or the egg? You can learn both independently, but if you have no experience with either, I think it’s best to start with PHP.   Pretty quickly as you work through tutorials you will encounter MySQL. […]

If you are using file_get_contents you might want to check out PHP Simple HTML DOM Parser

PHP Simple HTML DOM Parser is a great tool to process HTML from remote sites.  The HTML is returned from the library. So that you can then search and iterate through it, this is great for scraping sites.  I didn’t write the code, but you can download it here and find some simple documentation: http://simplehtmldom.sourceforge.net/ […]